OPENING PRAYER: COME, HOLY SPIRIT, FILL THE HEARTS OF YOUR FAITHFUL AND ENKINDLE IN US THE FIRE OF YOUR LOVE.
TODAY’S REFLECTION; Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith?…What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative and robust civil society–or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to do it. (from “Our First Most Cherished Liberty” US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012)
(I would like to add that shortly the US Supreme Court will take up the case of Hobby Lobby and the Obama Care mandate that says that Corporations have to provide insurance for their employees that includes Birth Control and the morning after Abortion pill. Hobby Lobby and other family, Christian Corporations have filed suit saying that Freedom of Religion gives them the right to refuse to pay for something they don’t agree with, which in this case is Abortion and murder of innocent babies. Pray the Supreme Court upholds their right of Conscience in the Freedom Of Religion, which is what this Fortnight for Freedom is all about. Please Pray.
DAILY PRAYER: ALMIGHT GOD, Father of all nations,
FOR FREEDOM YOU have set us free in Christ Jesus.
GRANT TO OUR LEADERS the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties.
BY YOUR GRACE may we have the courage to defend them for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.
WE ASK THIS through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
AND IN THE NAME OF your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
With whom you live and reign, one God for ever and ever. Amen